Dr Oliver Robinson PGCertHE, MSc, MA, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology

Key details

Oliver Robinson

Dr Oliver Robinson
PGCertHE, MSc, MA, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology


Dr Oliver Robinson is Associate Professor of Psychology in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Greenwich.

Oliver is Academic Portfolio Lead for Psychology and Counselling, programme lead for BSc Hons Psychology and BSc Psychology with Counselling, and a Year 3 course coordinator for Adult Development and Mental Health.

His research focuses on how identity, wellbeing and mental health are affected by major life transitions, crises and ageing processes during adulthood. He has published several books including Development through Adulthood, and his research has gained interest from the media, including the New Scientist, The Guardian, BBC Radio 4, The Telegraph and The Times.

Responsibilities within the university

    • Academic Portfolio Lead for Psychology
    • Senior Lecturer, Psychology, School of Human Sciences
    • Programme Leader for BSc Psychology and BSc Hons Psychology with Counselling programmes
    • Module Leader for Adult Development and Mental Health, on Year 3 BSc Hons Psychology with Counselling programme

Awards

  • 2020: Supervisor of the Year Shortlist. Student Led Teaching Awards: Awarded by the Students Union, University of Greeenwich
  • 2018: BPS undergraduate research assistantship award winner, worth £1600. Awarded by the British Psychological Society.
  • 2017 : Inspirational Teacher of the Year. Winner. Student Led Teaching Awards: Voted for by Students. Awarded by the Students Union, University of Greeenwich
  • 2016: Supervisor of the Year Shortlist. Student Led Teaching Awards: Awarded by the Students Union, University of Greeenwich
  • 2012: Research Communicator of the Year Award: Awarded by University of Greenwich (prize of £3,000)
  • 2010: Early Career Research Award: School of Health and Social Care, University of Greenwich (prize of £3000 invested in research trip to University of Texas and University of Houston)

Recognition

Research / Scholarly interests

Oliver's research specialism is in psychosocial adult development, particularly the relation between life transitions, crises and changes in personality and mental health. Areas of interest within these overlapping areas include:

The nature and experience of major life transitions such as the transition out of university or the transition into retirement, and effects of these on personality and wellbeing.

The antecedents, contents and outcomes of quarter-life crisis, midlife crisis and later life crisis.

The causes and extent of wellbeing, flourishing and authenticity in different adult age groups and cultures.

The developmental challenges of the first decade of adult life, often referred to as emerging adulthood.

The role of curiosity in adulthood as a driver for continued development.

Oliver also specialises in qualitative methods and mixed-methods designs, and has published a range of practical and theoretical articles in this area.


Key funded projects

    2017-2018 Robinson, O.C., Stevenson, M., Wragg, J. & Field, J. Conducting and evaluating an intervention to support resilience in students within the Faculty of Education and Health (£9606)

    2015 - 2016: Robinson, O.C. The changing pleasures of the new: Curiosity across the lifespan. Springer Nature (£7000) (Principal Applicant)

    2015-2016: Robinson, O.C. Towards piloting a resilience intervention for students in Higher Education. Seedling Fund, University of Greenwich (£1700)

    2014-2017Robinson, O.C. & McNay, I. Towards a resilience intervention for students in Higher Education. University of Greenwich Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarship. £41,589.

    2013 - 2016: Robinson, O.C. & Asadi, S. The transition to adulthood in the UK and Iran: A cross-cultural comparison of aspirations, maturity ideals and perceptions of adulthood amongst 18-25 year olds. The British Academy. International Partnerships and Mobility Grant. (£10,315) (Principal Applicant)

    2013 - 2014: Robinson, O.C. Life After Greenwich: A longitudinal study of university leavers. Alumni Development Fund, University of Greenwich (£4,000)

    2012 - 2013: Robinson, O.C. & Stell, A. Later life crisis: A key to understanding long-term wellbeing in the over-60s. Funded by: University of Greenwich School of Health and Social Care Fund (£4,580) (Principal Applicant)

    2011 - 2012: Robinson, O.C. Quarter-life crisis and midlife crisis: prevalence, features and individual differences. Funded by: University of Greenwich School of Health and Social Care Fund (£8,000) (Principal Applicant)

    2010 - 2011: Robinson, O.C. Relational and dispositional authenticity: developmental antecedents, personality correlates and implications for wellbeing. University of Greenwich Strategic Research Fund (£8,000) (Principal Applicant)

    2008 - 2009: Robinson, O.C, Demetre, J.D. & Corney, R.H. Retirement: Dispositional and situational determinants of wellbeing. University of Greenwich Strategic Research Fund (£13,080) (Principal Applicant)

Recent publications

Article

Robinson, Oliver C. , Cimporescu, Maria, Thompson, Trevor (2020), Wellbeing, developmental crisis and residential status in the year after graduating from higher education: a 12-month longitudinal study. Springer. In: , , , . Springer, Journal of Adult Development ISSN: 1068-0667 (Print), 1573-3440 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10804-020-09361-1).

Agarwal, Shantenu , Guntuku, Sharath Chandra, Robinson, Oliver C., Dunn, Abigail , Ungar, Lyle H. (2020), Examining the phenomenon of quarter-life crisis through artificial intelligence and the language of Twitter. Frontiers Media. In: , , , . Frontiers Media, Frontiers in Psychology, 11: 341 1664-1078 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00341).

Robinson, Oliver C. and , (2020), A dialectical approach to understanding the relationship between science and spirituality: The MODI model. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Journal for the Study of Spirituality, 10 (1) . pp. 15-28 ISSN: 2044-0243 (Print), 2044-0251 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/20440243.2020.1726045) NB Item availability restricted.

Asadi, Samaneh , Mohammadi Dehaj, Hamideh, Robinson, Oliver (2020), Personality change goals and plans as predictors of longitudinal trait change in young adults: a replication with an Iranian sample. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of Research in Personality, 85: 103912 ISSN: 0092-6566 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2020.103912) NB Item availability restricted.

Robinson, Oliver C. and , (2019), Using longitudinal designs and online micro-narrative data to further our understanding of biography and the life course. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Advances in Life Course Research, 41: 100279 ISSN: 1040-2608 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alcr.2019.04.009).

Robinson, Oliver C. , Hanson, Karina, Hayward, Guy, Lorimer, David (2018), Age and cultural gender equality as moderators of the gender difference in the importance of religion and spirituality: Comparing the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion ISSN: 0021-8294 (Print), 1468-5906 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jssr.12567).

Robinson, Oliver C. and , (2018), A longitudinal mixed-methods case study of quarter-life crisis during the post-university transition: Locked-out and locked-in forms in combination. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Emerging Adulthood, 7 (3) . pp. 167-179 ISSN: 2167-6968 (Print), 2167-6984 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/2167696818764144).

Litman, Jordan A. , Robinson, Oliver C., Demetre, James D. (2016), Intrapersonal curiosity: Inquisitiveness about the inner self. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Self and Identity, 16 (2) . pp. 231-250 ISSN: 1529-8868 (Print), 1529-8876 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2016.1255250).

Robinson, Oliver C. , Demetre, James D., Litman, Jordan A. (2016), Adult life stage and crisis as predictors of curiosity and authenticity: Testing inferences from Eriksons lifespan theory. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, International Journal of Behavioral Development . pp. 1-6 ISSN: 0165-0254 (Print), 1464-0651 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0165025416645201).

Morgan, Jessica , Robinson, Oliver, Thompson, Trevor (2015), Happiness and age in European adults: The moderating role of gross domestic product per capita.. American Psychological Association. In: , , , . American Psychological Association, Psychology and Aging, 30 (3) . pp. 544-551 ISSN: 0882-7974 (Print), 1939-1498 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pag0000034) NB Item availability restricted.

Robinson, Oliver , Dunn, Abigail, Nartova-Bochaver, Sofya, Bochaver, Konstantin , Asadi, Samaneh , Khosravi, Zohreh , Jafari, Seyed Mohammed , Zhang, Xiaozhou , Yang, Yanbo (2015), Figures of admiration in emerging adulthood: A four country study. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Emerging Adulthood ISSN: 2167-6968 (Print), 2167-6984 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2167696815601945).

Robinson, Oliver , Noftle, Erik E., Guo, Jen, Asadi, Samaneh , Xiaozhou, Zhang (2015), Goals and plans for Big Five personality trait change in young adults. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of Research in Personality, 59 . pp. 31-43 ISSN: 0092-6566 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2015.08.002).

Robinson, Oliver and , McAdams, Dan P. (2015), Four functional roles for case studies in emerging adulthood research. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Emerging Adulthood, 3 (6) . pp. 413-420 ISSN: 2167-6968 (Print), 2167-6984 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2167696815592727).

Robinson, Oliver C. and , Stell, Alexander J. (2015), Later-life crisis: Towards a holistic model. Springer US. In: , , , . Springer US, Journal of Adult Development, 22 (1) . pp. 38-49 ISSN: 1068-0667 (Print), 1573-3440 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10804-014-9199-5) NB Item availability restricted.

Chandler, Rebecca C. and , Robinson, Oliver C. (2014), Wellbeing in retirement villages: Eudaimonic challenges and opportunities. Elsevier Inc.. In: , , , . Elsevier Inc., Journal of Aging Studies, 31 . pp. 10-19 ISSN: 0890-4065 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2014.08.001) NB Item availability restricted.

Robinson, Oliver and , (2014), What counts as positive growth following trauma? The conceptual difficulties of spiritual/religious change. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, European Journal of Personality, 28 (4) . pp. 346-347 ISSN: 0890-2070 (Print), 1099-0984 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/per.1970).

Robinson, Oliver and , (2014), Sampling in interview-based qualitative research: A theoretical and practical guide. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 11 (1) . pp. 25-41 ISSN: 1478-0887 (Print), 1478-0895 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2013.801543).

Robinson, Oliver C. , Lopez, Frederick G., Ramos, Katherine (2014), Parental antipathy and neglect: relations with Big Five personality traits, cross-context trait variability and authenticity. Elsevier Ltd.. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd., Personality and Individual Differences, 56 . pp. 180-185 ISSN: 0191-8869 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2013.09.004).

Robinson, Oliver C. and , Wright, Gordon R.T. (2013), The prevalence, types and perceived outcomes of crisis episodes in early adulthood and midlife. A structured retrospective-autobiographical study. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37 (5) . pp. 407-416 ISSN: 0165-0254 (Print), 1464-0651 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0165025413492464).

Robinson, Oliver C. , Lopez, Frederick G., Ramos, Katherine, Nartova-Bochaver, Sofya (2012), Authenticity, social context, and well-being in the United States, England, and Russia: A three country comparative analysis. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 44 (5) . pp. 719-737 ISSN: 0022-0221 (Print), 1552-5422 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022022112465672).

Robinson, Oliver C. and , (2012), Values and adult age: Findings from two cohorts of the European Social Survey. Springer Netherlands. In: , , , . Springer Netherlands, European Journal of Ageing, 10 (1) . pp. 11-23 ISSN: 1613-9372 (Print), 1613-9380 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10433-012-0247-3).

Morgan, Jessica and , Robinson, Oliver (2012), Intrinsic aspirations and personal meaning across adulthood: Conceptual interrelations and age/sex differences. American Psychological Association. In: , , , . American Psychological Association, Developmental Psychology, 49 (5) . pp. 999-1010 ISSN: 0012-1649 (Print), 1939-0599 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0029237).

Robinson, Oliver , Wright, Gordon R.T., Kendall, Elaine (2011), Parental attachment and it's relationship to contextualised trait expression and mean-corrected cross-context trait variability. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Personality and Individual Differences, 50 (5) . pp. 547-552 ISSN: 0191-8869 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2010.11.024).

Robinson, Oliver C. and , (2011), Relational analysis: An add-on technique for aiding data integration in qualitative research. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 8 (2) . pp. 197-209 ISSN: 1478-0887 (Print), 1478-0895 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2011.572745).

Robinson, Oliver C. , Demetre, James D., Corney, Roslyn H. (2011), The variable experiences of becoming retired and seeking retirement guidance: a qualitative thematic analysis. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 39 (3) . pp. 239-258 ISSN: 0306-9885 (Print), 1469-3534 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2011.562484).